The medical cannabis community is seeing the rise of a new form of concentrate consumption: ‘dabbing’ or “doing dabs.” Concentrated extracts, usually produced with butane or CO2, are consumed using ever more elaborate glass apparatus.
The most common methods include a ‘nail’ made from glass or titanium, or a metal skillet. The procedure for dabbing is basically the same. The nail or skillet is heated to red hot with a blowtorch. The extract, usually a solvent wax or oil, is then touched to the red-hot surface. The intense heat almost instantly vaporizes it, whereupon it is inhaled through some form of glass tubing. Dabbing devices range from simple pipes, to incredibly complex arrangements of glass chambers, diffusers and mouthpieces.